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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fun in the Sun Summer Reading Challenge

Fun in the Sun
Reading Challenge
May 1 to Aug 31

To sign up or for more details, click here

Use the hashtag #FunIntheSunRC

Sign up any time during the challenge and read as much or as little as you like, there are no levels. Any format, re-reads okay, no length was mentioned. Books can count towards other challenge. 
Books may be any genre but must have a fun in the sun theme, a cover with these elements on it, or something in the title that is about the theme. This includes everything associated with spring and summer such as weddings, swimming pools, the ocean, beaches, lounge chairs, flowers, sunglasses, palm trees, vacations, the sun, a garden, rain, thunderstorms, heat and so on.
The good news is that she's got Pinterest boards for Spring and Summer books.

Now to go through my May reads and see if any count ;-)

~ Books Read ~

~ Possibilities ~
Laguna Heat by T. Jefferson Parker
Sand & Water by Shae Connor
Baja Honeymoon by Roland Graeme
Catching Eagle's Eye by Samantha Cayto (beach on cover)

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Sci-Fi Read-a-Thon coming in June

Sci-Fi Summer
June 1-7

12 am CST to 11:59 pm CST! adjust your time zone accordingly. Yes, this is Wed - Tue

hosted at Seasons of Reading
To sign up or for more details, click here

Twitter #SciFiSummerJune  

Try for strictly science fiction but since fantasy is so closely related, if you're more comfortable reading fantasy, that is also fine.

You do not have to have a blog to participate...feel free to link up and check in from Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. These days, it seems most of our activity goes on in our Facebook group which I love. The interaction in our group is fabulous!
Not sure about prizes.

Okay, that's all from Michelle. I've got a book on request from the library that fits this perfectly so I'm crossing my fingers it gets here in time. I've also go The Martian on my shelves. I know I have books that fit to re-read but I'm not sure how many I have that a new reads without going into fantasy. I think it's time to check the free bestseller list at amazon ;-)

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Thoughts On . . . The Prince Who Was Just Himself

The Prince Who Was Just Himself
by Silke Schnee

Publisher: The Plough Publishing House

ISBN: 9780874866827
Release Date: September 2015 
Genre: Children's Picture book
32 Pages

format available: hardcover 

I didn't find social media for the author 

Book Blurb
The royal couple is looking forward to their third child. “He looks a little different,” muses the king at Prince Noah’s arrival. “He is not like the others,” agrees the queen. Soon they notice what a very special person he is, even though he can’t do everything his brothers can.

When the youngest prince disarms the cruel knight Scarface, the nation’s most dreaded enemy, with an act of compassion, everyone finally realizes how good it is that each person is unique.

My Thoughts
First I need to say that this is not a beginner reader's picture book. The words are on every other page like you'd expect with a picture book but this book has a more words per page, covering one-quarter of each two page spread. Two pictures cover the other three-quarters. This I like very much. I also like the illustrations.

The story doesn't come right out and say something like "this child has Down syndrome" or anything like that. The Queen and the King both mention that he looks different but the siblings accept him right away. The town people are horrid but Prince Noah is just happy to be out in the sun.

Like all good picture books, something bad almost happens but Prince Noah saves the day and all the town people love him. Prince Noah doesn't really care, he's just happy to be out in the sun.

Moral of the story? Be accepting, we are all different from each other as well as being the same. And then there's enjoy the journey for it is good to be out in the sun ;-)

I'm sad that I don't have a little one to read this too!

There is a follow up book where Prince Noah heads to school and deals with pirates. I've added the book to my shopping cart ;-)

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of and the publisher. It is being reviewed as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program.

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RC - Read Everything an Author has Published!

edit: Thanks Anna!
Read All The Books
perpetual challenge

hosted by herding cats and burning soup

for more information and to sign up, click here
I know I found a reading challenge that was about picking an author with more than 45 books published then reading everything they've written. I commented on the challenge but didn't bookmark it and now I can' find it. (insert foot stomp here) ;-)

I hope to find the official challenge soon.

It's taken me a while to decide on an author and I may yet do another one: Elizabeth Lowell, JAK, Julia Quinn, Jo Beverley, Stephanie Laurens, Dick Francis, Anne McCaffrey, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon. Okay, I think that was everybody. I just need to see if all of them have the minimum titles and read the ones I haven't read yet. For Sherrilyn that will be a LOT but not for Dick Francis.

For now . . . . I've picked: Jude Deveraux
any format counts
books read before the challenge count for this challenge
Challenge crossovers acceptable.

There is a list of 58 books on the author's website as well as a list of books by series. Although her list is missing two Nantucket Brides books, my list is not. I know about them because they are on my (unread) ARC pile :-(
I need to add one more to the total (59!) because I bought Change of Heart and it wasn't on her list.

  ~ List of Books ~
Nantucket Brides
True Love - review
For All Time - own
Ever After - own

Edilean Series
Scarlet Nights
Days of Gold
Lavender Morning (file box 7 or 8)
Promises (Vook)
Scent of Jasmine
Moonlight in the Morning
Stranger in the Moonlight
Moonlight Masquerade
Change of Heart - own

Twin Series
Twin of Fire - read
Twin of Ice - read

The Montgomery Annuals
1. The Velvet Promise - own
2. Highland Velvet - read, May 2016
3. Velvet Song - own
4. Velvet Angel

The Black Lyon
The Duchess
The Temptress
The Raider - own
Mountain Laurel
Sweet Liar - read (favorite)
Wishes - read, May 2016
The Princess
Someone to Love
The Heiress
The Awakening - own
The Invitation - read
High Tide
A Knight in Shining Armor - own

Forever series (I think I own this series)
Forever and Always

The Lady Series
River Lady
Lost Lady
Counterfeit Lady

Standalone Books
The Taming
The Maiden - own
The Blessing
The Mulberry Tree
Carolina Isle
First Impressions (next to reading chair)
An Angel for Emily
The Conquest
High Tide
Holly - own - read, May 2016 (Taggert)
Wild Orchids
Simple Gifts (file box 45)
The Enchanted Land - own

Books with other authors
A Holiday of Love
Upon a Midnight Clear
A Gift of Love - Just Curious read, May 2016

May 2016: I went to a used bookstore while on vacation and picked up 10 books, I just can't remember all the titles and they're in the car. I have finished one :-)

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2016 Book Thoughts/Review Links

I've listed the links to reviews/book thoughts by year posted plus alphabetical by title and author. Title/Author/Series is not live/finished but I'm working on it.

2009 - 2010 :: 2011 :: 2012 :: 2013 :: 2014 :: 2015 
Title :: Author :: Series


Cisco's Boy by A. C. Katt - review - m/m romance, BDSM

Peanut Butter and Jelly for Two by Jackie Nacht - review - m/m romance, paranormal
and the rest of the series: Paranormal Dentistry for the Fanged and Friendly

The Prince Who Was Just Himself by Silke Schnee - review - picture book with Down syndrome character

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Thoughts On . . . Cisco's Boy

Cisco's Boy
by A. C. Katt

Indiscreet, book 3
Published By: MLR Press, LLC
Published: Nov 2013
ISBN # 9781106038982
approx 220 pages
genre: romance-male/male, very sexy, HEA

author's website | Facebook   

Book Description:
Master Cisco de Loria wants everything from his new sub Greg Harris, that is everything but love, in fact his contract expressly forbids it.

Dr. Greg Harris finally has the money to buy a submissive membership at Indiscreet, a gay BDSM club. The only thing he wants is to have Dr. Cisco de Loria as his Master. Cisco wants Greg too, but the one thing Greg most wants to give, Cisco refuses to take, Greg's love. Cisco is so sure he doesn't need love that he puts it in as a clause in their contract. If Greg ever mentions love, the contract is terminated. Cisco finds out the hard way that things somehow don't always work out the way you plan.

My Thoughts
(written as I read, crossing fingers there are no spoilers)

I first met Cisco and Greg while reading The Sunset Club series and was delighted to read that four of the characters had their own stories in the Indiscreet series.

I'm totally okay with BDSM stories but I think I've been spoiled by my own research and other writers. This D/s relationship, so far, doesn't feel correct. Several things come up during their first day that should have come during contract negotiations. Things an experienced Dom would have known about - at the very least, the club owner moderating the negotiations should have brought them up.

I love the characters themselves from the other series and their interactions with each other - I have high hopes for this book. Wish me luck!

grr . . .  Barebacking? Really? Is it still the first day? It wasn't even discussed! I'm really not sure about this series. If I didn't know about this couple from the other series that they show up in, I'd be trying to return this book.

back to reading, keeping my fingers crossed.

Getting better but the brand new sub and not quite a Dom qualities are showing through. It appears that Cisco doesn't really want a sub because he's a Dom, he wants a 24/7 (except work) maid/cook/boy-friend that he doesn't have to love. Oh, and total control of all the money. I'm hoping he gets his head out of his ass soon, I'm half way through the book.

Yes, yes, I know that even with a lot of mainstream couples, one partner has more control over the money than the other. My problem is that Cisco doesn't take the time to share with his sub how much money they have so when he buys a new Audi, on day two, the sub only has his own paycheck for reference and he's giving 75% of it to the Dom! How the hell is he (the sub) supposed to afford keep a new car in six months when the contract is up?

sigh, back to reading

Damn, communication is so important. Also add here a wow, that's a LOT of drama for only five days.

back to the book

Oh I was expecting the trouble (you'll be able to spot it too) but, wow, that was over the top! At least Greg gets his happy ever after. And they finally learn to communicate. Not really a spoiler

Final words: This was book 3 of the series but the first I've read. So, will I continue? Yes, I'll get the books that have Brian and Jim in them. Maybe the rest if they stay on sale.

one last edit: I've since read book 6 in the series and the writing/relationship issures flows much better.

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